The Myth and Reality of Butch and Sundance

One of my favorite movies of all time is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The
scene of the two western outlaws hurling themselves off a cliff where Newman says, “the fall will probably kill ya,” is
one of the all-time classic moments in film.

But the film didn’t get all the history right. They took liberties with the story of how Butch and Sundance met their
maker, and actually left open the question of how they died (suggesting, however, that it was in a final gun battle in

In this article on,
writer David Atkinson explored the legend of Butch and Sundance, and tries to pry free from the fingers of history what
actually happened to the two infamous outlaws. I won’t spoil the fun. Find out for yourself.